CHICAGO (CBS)– CBS 2 weatherman Ed Curran returns to weekend mornings with a new kidney!
This week, Curran took to Facebook to share the happy news, after receiving a kidney transplant from his sister for Christmas. He had been on dialysis since December 2019, after suffering acute kidney injury in 2018.
“I have some personal news to share. I had a kidney transplant for Christmas! This is something I’ve needed for over 3 years,” he wrote. “There are simply no words to express my love and appreciation for my sister, Patti Orthwein (pictured). It took months of testing and numerous 4 hour (one way) rides to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, along with her husband Wayne, for making this life-saving organ donation. Thank you. I’m humbled.”
Curran will return to CBS 2 on Saturday morning. We are happy to see him back to work and healthy after his transplant.
“I feel really good, and this is a great opportunity to be able to tell people to think about organ donation and what they can do,” Curran told CBS 2 Morning Crew on Friday.
Curran said it was important to have her family by her side throughout the process, including her adorable grandchildren.
“It was really a help. It gives you hope, it gives you something to look forward to. My wife has been incredibly helpful throughout this story. I mean, I don’t know how I could do that without all the help that I got from Monica. And, you know, the kids, the grandkids are wonderful,” he said.
Unfortunately, due to the effect of a transplant on the immune system and the risk of contracting COVID-19, he has seen very little of them since receiving his new kidney, but “it’s going to speed up, and we won’t see them anymore now that I celebrated my three-month transplant anniversary yesterday.”
For anyone interested in organ donation, you can get your questions answered at the National Kidney Foundation website or at Illinois’ donor program, LifeGoesOn.com